The latest big acquisition of Lincoln artifacts in Springfield comes from Down Under. The 16th president did not visit Australia, but that’s where a major collector lives. Daniel Stowell, director of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, was on a speaking tour of Australia– funded by the U.S. Studies Center at the University of Sydney – when somebody told him of the possibility of a find. “I began a correspondence with (the collector) and was delighted to learn that, yes indeed, he had this envelope which was addressed by Abraham Lincoln,” says Stowell.
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The envelope goes with a letter the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum already owns. It’s a response to the governor of Kentucky, who complained of Union Army recruiting in a state that was to be neutral.
The collector, Barry Jones, sent Stowell a digital copy and still has the original.